Pastor's Corner

17 May
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Mid-Week Challenge

Have you ever seen someone doing something and thought to yourself, “What were they thinking?”  Depending on what part of the country you are in or the time of day when you visit your local Wal-Mart, I guess it could happen a lot.  

Take for example a man in Virginia that painted the back of his truck with a verse from First Corinthians that reads "Women shall be silent and submissive."  He also painted three crosses, the fish symbol and the caption "Read the Bible."  Now, you might assume this is some religious fanatic and that would be cause enough to ask “what’s he thinking,” but wait a minute.  When the man was asked about the verse and why he painted the back of his truck he said, "The reason I put this particular message on, I want people to read the Bible, I want them to see this message and say is that true.  I don't believe there's a God so I guess you would say I'm an Atheist. (The Bible) is a hateful, hateful piece of work which Christians try to turn around and they talk about love.” 

So you are an atheist and you think the Bible is all about hate, but you want people to read it?  “What were you thinking?” If you don’t believe in God, why even concern yourself with what the Bible has to say?  Obviously this man hasn’t taken his own advice and read the Bible himself, but his mistake is not unique.  There are Christians who mistakenly quote Scripture and attach their on meaning behind it to support a personal belief.  The Bible presents itself as a whole and to understand the message of God you have to read the whole message.  We often make the mistake of coming to a particular conclusion after reading one verse or section and base an entire belief system around those verses.  God in His foreknowledge knew this would happen and so He tells us through Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16 -  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

If someone is not interested in God’s definition of righteousness in the Bible then move on.  However, if someone claims to be a follower of Jesus then he or she is held accountable for all of what God has to say, not just the parts that are of interest.  Just like you don’t believe everything you read on the back of someone’s car you should not simply take a preacher’s sermon at face value.  Learn to be a “self-feeder” of Biblical truth as you listen to the Holy Spirit as you read through the Bible.  Ask the Lord for wisdom and He will answer. 

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  Acts 17:11

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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